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National Eating Disorder Information Centre’s 2009 Conference

Body Image and Self Esteem: Shades of Grey

Topics include Boys and Men, Youth Engagement, Physical Activity, New Media and Self Representation, and Obesity.

Keynote speakers:

  • Niva Piran, Ph.D.--Dr Piran puts the real lives of girls and women into the forefront of research and prevention of eating disorders and body image problems. She is an internationally renowned ground-breaking researcher, writer and academic. She explores social transformation and the social context of body image preoccupations.
  • Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.--Dr. Neumark-Sztainer's award winning work focuses on adolescent nutrition and the prevention of weight-related problems including eating disorders, unhealthy weight control behaviours, body dissatisfaction and obesity. She has published over 200 articles and a book for parents of adolescents entitled: "I'm, like, SO, fat!" Helping your teen make healthy choices about eating and exercise in a weight-obsessed world.
  • Michael Kaufman, Ph.D.--Dr. Kaufman is a writer, public speaker, consultant, and workshop leader on gender relations for governments, corporations, trade unions, universities, schools, and non-governmental organizations, including the United Nations. He is a founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women. He has published widely, including Cracking the Armor: Power, Pain, and the Lives of Men
  • Shari Graydon--Shari Graydon is a media educator, social activist and critic. A longtime president of MediaWatch (now Media Action), she has written two best-selling media literacy books for young people, including In Your Face - The Culture of Beauty and You, which won the Norma Fleck prize for non-fiction. Governor General Michaëlle Jean recently presented Shari with a Persons Case medal for her social activism on behalf of women.

Get informed, learn skills and strategies, network, debate.

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Presented by NEDIC and the Dove Self Esteem Fund in partnership with the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario and the University of Toronto, Faculty of Physical Education and Health.